Families Urged To Change Smoke Alarm Batteries When They Change Their Clocks

STATE – In today’s fast-paced world, we often forget to stop and do the small things in life that matter most. On Nov. 1, the International Association of Fire Chiefs reminds families to change the batteries in their smoke alarms when they change their clocks back to Standard Time.

“Unfortunately, changing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors is not always top of mind for families,” says Chief Jeffrey D. Johnson, EFO, CFO, president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

“In fact, while 96 percent of American homes do have smoke alarms, the sad truth is that 19 percent of these do not work due to worn out or missing batteries. So, hundreds of fatalities occur every year from a simple over-sight. The habit of changing batteries during Daylight-Saving Time is an easy task that can be the difference between life and death.”

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